The December 2007 ice storm left our Pawnee trees in shambles. Of all the cultivars we have under test at the Pecan Field, Pawnee was one of the most brittle under the weight of the ice (photo at right). Our trees required a massive amount of pruning following the storm and many trees were broken down to the point we had only the trunk and a few stumps of lateral branches left.
This fall is the first year the damaged trees have produced a crop. We knew when we pruned our Pawnee trees that the precocity of this cultivar would help us get back into production fairly quickly. Looks like the crop of Pawnee nuts (photo at right) we harvested today will help us pay some bills at the Pecan Field!